Mules and Men Background

Mules and Men Background

Mules and Men is a collection of African-American folklore by African-American author Zora Neale Hurston published in 1935. It features a variety of stories that Hurston herself collected by making trips to Florida and New Orleans (places notable in the US for their vibrant black culture). The book has had a great influence on African-American anthropology and is a prominent text in African-American literature.

There are 70 tales from Florida in Mules and Men, with about the same amount focusing on New Orleans stories. The New Orleans narratives primarily feature stories about Marie Leveau and voodoo tradition of the area, while the Eatonville and Polk County has a greater variety and diversity in their topics.

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